Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Get an Insight on Traditions of Christmas

The Christmas holidays are full of wonderful customs and traditions. Some of the Christmas customs and traditions are wholeheartedly religious, others secular and relaxed. Some countries also have a national flavor to their skill in July so it seems, customs and traditions of Christmas is not unique or consistent throughout the world. Keep the variations from region to region and from the country. Popular Christmas traditions such as exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas tree, the Yule log, the holly branch, they kiss under mistletoe, etc. are more or less common to all sites.

In Christian countries, Christmas has become the most important holiday of the year, economically speaking. Christmas is celebrated in a span of twelve days from December 25 to the United Kingdom. The twelve day Christmas tradition is characterized by great celebration and feasting and ending on Twelfth Night or Feast of the Epiphany. This custom extended Christmas celebrations are gaining popularity this year. Christmas celebrations begin weeks before the actual day in the United States and United Kingdom to extend the Christmas shopping period and also to allow more time for meeting and greeting.

The countries that celebrate Christmas on 25 December, you can call the day before 'Christmas Eve', and the following day by different names. Some such as Germany, Poland call it the Second Day of Christmas, some Commonwealth countries call on the day after 'Boxing Day' Christmas while the Irish and Romanians call it St. Stephen Day. Some pagan Christmas customs and traditions are incorporated by some Christian missionaries in their celebration of Christmas, but the conservative Christians abstain from such a celebration of Christmas. Christmas celebrations were banned in the Soviet Union for 75 years after the Russian Revolution and the extremist Christian fundamentalists still consider Christmas a pagan holiday, sanctioned by the Bible and so tight this time off to celebrate .

But among religious and serious overtones of Christmas customs and traditions, there are also secular ceremonies and more relaxed Christmas holiday. For example, the tradition of giving Christmas presents one of the most common holiday tradition regardless of region or country. Friends and families exchange gifts and greetings, children hang stockings in the U.S. or keep empty boxes toys for Santa Claus to fill it up with toys, candy or other gifts. Some places it is a customary tradition for children to put shoes on the window sills on Christmas night.

One of the very popular and inseparable customs and traditions of Christmas is Christmas. Whether it is your closest friend or a distant relative, your teacher or your colleagues, your family or your neighbor, who each get a card for Christmas. Even when people are separated by miles, a 'Miss You' Christmas cards are sure to meet more often than not.

Home and Christmas tree decorations are again familiar Christmas customs and traditions. It is great pleasure to bring the whole family together dressed in the hall and doorways streamer, Candles, stars or holly branches or even whole groups of friends decorate for Christmas evergreen. Candy canes are a very favorite Christmas candy, which is also used as decoration. Traditionally, people also decorate the outside of the house as much as inside. Christmas decorations are sometimes sponsored by municipalities.

Christmas party is the fun part of the holiday and is more of a celebration with a custom and tradition at Christmas. Christmas food has a special menu served Christmas customs in many countries. While in other areas, especially in Eastern Europe, family rapidly within a few days before Christmas celebration.

In many countries, Christmas dances and Christmas pageants (retelling the story of Christ), traditionally held each year. Go caroling in groups is still a very popular Christmas custom and tradition. In this, go to the people who sing carols from door to door just to keep the holiday spirit alive and fresh. Sometimes people visit the home neighborhoods for a good reason also like to raise donations and funds for the oppressed and impoverished.

In all the remaining noisy fine Christmas celebrations, Christmas is still observed as a major religious holiday for many people around the world. It is time for introspection, spiritual renewal, silent prayer, reading out quotes from the Bible, seeking religious blessings and wishing joy and good news for all the coming days. The ceremonies are much toned down to a religious celebration of Christmas. Christmas songs and hymns sung in church and home, raised funds for a good cause, volunteer work and people visiting friends, neighbors and loved ones' place for gatherings and traditional Christmas eat. The air was filled with a sweet serenity and warmth. A feeling of happiness and well being propagated all the way around. People who like each other peace, prosperity, happiness and a very "Merry Christmas".

The religious customs and traditions of Christmas begins on arrival (the day when Jesus Christ was expected). It is about the beginning of December. Customs and traditions of this religious festival include carols and advent calendars, sometimes candy and other goodies for children. Midnight mass or a Mass of birth, featuring carols, prayers and hymns, usually held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Other religious faiths such as Islam or Judaism are also allowed for some secular traditions during the Christmas holidays with their own winter celebrations. Islamic countries refer to Jesus as a prophet, and Judeans celebrate their winter festival and an equivalent of Christmas, Hanukkah in December. So, Christmas customs and traditions are many and they are modified or incorporated in different ways by different cultures and ethnic groups worldwide.

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